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Up Next: Hacks/Hacker London
Sept. 22, 3pm ET/20:00 BST
Join WDN as we present at London’s Hacks/Hacker speaker series. In this session, audiences will learn about WDN’s mission and how they can get involved with adding notable women journalists onto Wikipedia.
Presenter: Jareen Imam (@JareenAI), board member of Women Do News, Sr. Content and Editorial Manager at Amazon.
Our Mission: Women Do News works to raise the visibility of women journalists by increasing the quantity and enhancing the quality of their Wikipedia entries.
Why it matters: Visibility on Wikipedia is paramount in driving gender parity in journalism leadership. Presently, fewer than 20% of Wikipedia biographies are females and this imbalance extends to women in journalism, negatively impacting the perception about their contributions to the field.
Background: Women journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, one of the most-visited English language websites in the world. This leads to issues related to safety, credibility, recognition, and income. The Women Do News project grew out of a 2019 cohort of journalists participating in Take The Lead, a leadership training program co-founded by Gloria Feldt. It has since evolved to partner with other allies at universities and journalism groups to identify worthy women journalists for biographies, train editors, and add Wikipedia entries to even the playing field on this important platform. We are now part of a nonprofit, Bay City News Foundation, to support this work. Help us if you can.